The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is urging residents to familiarise themselves with what to do before, during and after an earthquake following two strong earthquakes near Manjimup in recent months.
Lake Muir has experienced two earthquakes over the past three months, one on 16 September measuring 5.7 magnitude and another on 9 November measuring 5.4 magnitude.
The most recent earthquake generated more than 2,400 felt and damage reports spanning an area from Wanneroo to Pingelly to Dumbleyung and Albany.
To help affected residents understand earthquake risks, DFES is hosting a community engagement workshop in partnership with Geoscience Australia and South West Local Governments today at the Frankland River Hall from 10.30am.
Representatives from WA Police, Department of Communities, St John’s and Red Cross will be present.
Topics covered will include an update on recent earthquakes, response activities and the need for people to prepare.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said earthquakes are a real possibility in Western Australia and it’s important for people to prepare now to stay safe.
“It’s impossible for seismologists to predict when and where the next earthquake will hit, so it’s vital people understand what to do if one strikes,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“Everyone needs to prepare an emergency kit that will last you at least four days and know where to shelter in your home if there is an earthquake.”
“If an earthquake occurs you should stay indoors until the shaking stops, and take cover under a sturdy table or desk. If you are already outside, stay away from buildings, powerlines and trees.”
For information about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/earthquake
For further information about earthquakes visit www.ga.gov.au/
Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9395 9543.